Palestinian car thief 311.
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A resident of east Jerusalem was arrested in Rishon Lezion overnight Sunday on
suspicion of driving a truck containing goods that had been stolen from a
supermarket in Yavne minutes earlier.
The arrest was made possible when
devices in the supermarket equipped with a chip designed to notify the
Azour-based Ituran security company of unusual activities sent out a radio alert
saying that someone had been tampering with the equipment.
had equipped the supermarket’s cigarette dispensing machine, placed near the
entrance of the supermarket, and other devices inside the store, with the smart
chip, which can also be tracked via GPS technology if the devices are
“We received an alert at 2:43 a.m.,” Haim Ozen, head of
Operations for Ituran, told The Jerusalem Post.
“We mobilized a security officer
to the area. As soon as he arrived, he saw a suspicious truck in the area, and
began following it, while alerting police. Officers pulled over the truck, and
found stolen merchandise from the supermarket during a search.”
safes were also found in the vehicle, he said.
Ozen said the Ituran
company can be notified to a theft in progress by any number of devices
implanted with the special chip. “We can see the equipment moving if has
been taken,” he added. “Alternatively, if someone is trying to disturb the
device, it will send out an alert.”